Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Anne Hathaway Catwoman

  • I’m at another festival this weekend, which is definitely worthy of a RTW mention. So far the weather has been mixed, the music has been brilliant and the potential for finding goodies in the Oxfam clothing tent, difficult to resist!
  • Pampering. This week I treated myself to a mini facial at Origins. The counter is located in House of Fraser but there is also a beauty room hidden away at the bak of the department store that offers a bit of peace from the hustle and bustle of the shop floor. Origins manager Jade worked her magic on me and my skin felt so soft afterwards – it’s only £15 for 45 minutes, redeemable against purchase, and a wonderful way to spoil yourself!
  • The Bat Man. I couldn’t write this post and not mention the amazing final film of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises kept me on the edge of my seat and is as good, if not possibly even better, than The Dark Knight. Despite my initial skepticism, Anne Hathaway made a brilliant Catwoman, and the villains held their own against Heath Ledger’s Joker of the previous sequal. Do you agree?

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…



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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Picton Street

  • Bristol Harbour Festival. Yesterday I wore a new (old) blouse from Grandma Ship-Shape’s wardrobe, sat in the sunshine with friends in Queen’s Square, drank cider and attended a random street fair in Picton Street, above. It’s weekends like this that make me fall in love with Bristol every summer.
  • This week I finally got around to documenting the awesome clothes swap I went to a couple of weeks ago. The evening involved some tasty cakes and fantastic finds, all in the name of charity. I can’t wait to wear all my new threads, though I’m still not sure when I’ll be brave enough to wear the leopard print dress…

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A Very Vintage Summer

Vintage green blouse

Summer, is that you? Like a fine wine or a slab of cheddar cheese, Summer 2012 has taken it’s time to mature. We finally experienced a bit of a breakthrough this morning, so much so that I decided to get my legs out in these denim shorts.

The deliciously bright green blouse is one of Grandma Ship-Shape’s cast-offs, and the Paisely scarf is one I picked up from the Bristol Flea Market. The sandals are Primark and are falling to pieces (becuase I’ve literally worn them to death) but hopefully they’ll survive one last pilgrimage to the Bristol Harbour Festival. See you there?

Vintage green blouseVintage green blouse


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Kat’s Clothes Swap

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an impromptu clothes swap. Actually, it wasn’t that impromptu – Kat, who is raising money to fund her trip to work with a charity in Mexico – had been planning it for weeks, but I didn’t find out about it until S of Beautiful Plumage asked me to go that same afternoon. I love a good clothes swap, and since this one was for charity I could hardly say no, could I?

I’ve been to a couple of small-scale clothes swaps and while Kat’s was held in her home on a quiet street in Southville, it was the most organised and well-stocked swap I’ve ever been to! The photos I took on my phone are a bit rubbish, but picture a living room piled high with clothes, accessories and jewellery, all divided into neat sections, including knitwear, skirts, jackets and even ‘sparkly things’.

Not only was there an abundance of clothes to choose from, there were also ample sweet treats that Kat had whipped up, including carrot cake, scones and fresh strawberries. Yum!

After some tea and cake, nine of us spent half an hour perusing ( I love that word) the extensive collection of clothes and selecting a few outfits to try on, before getting stuck in and swapping.

I came away with some fantastic finds, including a mustard coloured chunky knit jumper from Warehouse, a linen blazer and leopard print jersey dress. Once the weather picks up I’ll put up some actual outfit posts, but for now, check out my best finds, below.

I’ve mentioned it before on the blog, but clothes swaps are such a fantastic way to socialise with friends, clear out the clothes you never wear and pick up some new threads at the same time. And, in the case of Kat’s clothes swap, you can raise money for charity, too.

Have you been to any clothes swaps recently? What’s been your favourite swapping find?

Coffee coloured Topshop jumper
Coffee coloured Topshop jumper
Redoute leopard print jersey dress
Redoute leopard print jersey dress
Blue spotty F+F top
Blue and cream spotty F+F top from Tesco
Grey linen Primark jacket
Grey linen 3/4 length sleeve jacket from Primark
Mustard yellow chunky knit Warehouse jumper
Mustard yellow chunky knit Warehouse jumper
Grey wollen jumper dress
Slouchy grey jumper dress


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Rock The Week – Festival Special

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Mudddy wellies

  • Mud, mud, glorious mud! This weekend I was at 2000 Trees festival in Gloucestershire. It’s a small music festival that’s focuses on new and underground British music. I’m used to the likes of Glastonbury, with 120,000 odd revellers, so a festival with less than 5000 people was a bit of a change. The weather made the festival a bit of a washout, but my friends and managed to have an awesome time anyway, though I was grateful for a shower when I got back this afternoon.
  • Festival fashion. While my weekend consisted of wellies, waterproofs and mud, see photo above, I do have some advice on how to do festival fashion – weather permitting!
  • New music. I went to 2000 Trees having heard of only a handful of bands, and I came back with a whole new playlist! Favourites included Fixers, Dog is Dead, Spirit of John and the stylish locals, The Cadbury Sisters.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Rewind: Festival Fashion

festival wristbands

This weekend I’m off to deepest, darkest Gloucestershire for a festival, and having just checked the weather forecast, I think I’m in for a muddy, wet weekend! So I’m currently packing my rucksack with every waterproof thing I can find.

Last year I was putting a post together ahead of my pilgrimage to Glastonbury Festival, and I thought I’d repost it here as festival season is here since, like it or not, festival season is upon us! What festival essentials do you take with you?


Naturally festival fashion has been on my mind for some time so after checking the weather forecast religiously and still being none the wiser, I put together a few of my thoughts on what to take this year…

Something Waterproof

A waterproof cover-up is essential at any festival but that doesn’t mean you can get away with relying on a roll of heavy duty bin liners – not even Kate Moss could make a refuse bag look good. Barbour jackets, parkas and leather biker jackets are all in style this season but if you buy nothing else this year make it mac in a pac. Lightweight and shower proof, these are easy to carry around the festival and come in a vast range of colours and patterns.

Head’s Up

If we are blessed with another scorcher this summer then a sun hat will be your new best friend. Boater hats join the humble trilby as a festival essential this year, but if you want to add a touch of glamour look for wide brimmed floppy hats with a 70s vibe. One of these will protect you from the sun, allow you to people watch in piece and, if you add a pair of oversized sunglasses, is a great way of disguising a hangover while you’re queuing for the long drops. Headscarves are another great way of covering up while staying chic, not to mention hiding unwashed locks and giving your look a retro feel. If you want to unleash your inner hippy then make like Florence Welch and try sporting a (fake) flower garland – if you can’t find one on the high street fear not – there are plenty of stalls selling them at the festival.

Festival fashion - Glastonbury

Festival Feet

Leave the heels at home! If your feet aren’t dry and comfortable you’ll have a crap time at Glastonbury. The site is huge and if you’re trekking between The Park and the Pyramid stage every day you need a pair of shoes that will go the distance. Wellington boots are a must – Hunter are the best of the bunch – but consider taking a pair of comfortable trainers, plimsoles or espadrilles too. Gladiator sandals are still big news this season so look for feather, beads and fringing details and pray for good weather so you can wear them.

Festival Decade: 70s

Glastonbury Festival was born in the 70s so it only seems right to follow the S/S11 trend this year. Fringing, crochet and lace are popular on waistcoats, dresses and even shorts this year. If you want to go glam try jumpsuits, palazzo pants and maxi dresses but be warned, these won’t fair so well in muddy conditions! If you can’t find what you’re looking for before you arrive, fear not – there are a plenty of vintage stalls on site, not to mention the excellent Oxfam stalls dotted across the festival – you may even find some of your donations for sale.

Have Fun

Finally, have fun! Fancy dress is encouraged and fully appreciated at Glastonbury so just embrace it. Get a temporary tattoo from WaterAid, have your face painted by pixies in the Green Fields or bring your own feathered headdress. Go with the festival flow and whatever you do don’t forget the sunscreen – lobster red will never be the festival shade du jour!


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

  • I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a great weekend! Not only is this post number two of the day (you can read post one, Isms, here) but I’ve also been on a five mile walk around Bristol, taken more shots with my lomo camera, eaten a cheeky portion of fish and chips, and baked a cake – nothing momentous has happened, but it’s just been a lovely, chilled out weekend.
  • On Wednesday my first post for Oxfam Fashion went live, and it’s all about sustainability when buying new clothes. When I mentioned the post on here, I got a great response from Niki of Hip Shapes and Bristol Fashion, who makes her clothes last longer by up-cycling them. Read it here and share your comments – I’d love to know how other fashion bloggers choose to recycle their clothes.

Clothes swap

  • Clothes swapping. This week I was invited to another clothes swap and it was brilliant! I met some lovely ladies, found an amazing mustard chunky knit jumper from Warehouse, above, and ate my body weight in carrot cake. Full post and pics to follow soon.
  • Blog lovin’. I’ve recently discovered Lady Liquor Vintage and I’m thoroughly enjoying the abundance of vintages fabrics and suitcases that blogger Catherine finds. She runs her own vintage shop on eBay and has a great eye for finding kitch homewares and accessories.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Yellow Converse

A couple of weeks ago I went to a house warming party in Cheltenham. The invite was strictly fancy dress, anything beginning with the letters ‘A’ or ‘C’ after the hosts. I’m not a huge fan of fancy dress, but I don’t mind letter parties, as you can be a lot more creative, and you don’t need to go running and screaming to the nearest party shop to pay for an overpriced pirate/robot/70s costume – you can work with what’s already in your wardrobe.

Now it must be said that while I don’t mind dressing up, Mr Ship-Shape is very against it, so much so that it might possibly have developed into a fancy dress phobia. He made the mistake of declaring to our friends that he would be attending the party as himself, and as a result everyone thought I would follow suit. Which is why, at nine o’clock on a Saturday evening, we were confronted with ten people who had decided to come to the party dressed as us.

Complete with creepy face masks with holes for eyes, after laughing myself off the sofa, I was struck by how easily definable my style is. I genuinely don’t think I dress in one particular way or have one particular style.

Some days I wake up with the urge to dress in bold colours, other days I pick a more masculine outfit. Sometimes I like vintage dresses, other times I opt for leather and glitter. So it came as quite a surprise that there are so many isms, so many little traits that define my style, that my friends picked up on. Their list of Sarah-isms included the following:

  • Man watch
  • Camera
  • Paisley scarves
  • Floral/patterned/stripy dresses
  • Rolled up sleeves
  • Converse
  • Lipstick
  • French plaits/braids
  • Pearl earrings

Some of these traits can be found in abundance on this blog, some less so. Do you have any isms that others use to define your style?

Floral dressesMan watchLeather jacket with rolled up sleevesPearl earringsPaisley scarf


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Blogging for Oxfam Fashion

I finished work today to find a lovely surprise doing the rounds on Twitter – my first post for Oxfam Fashion has gone live!

I mentioned in a RTW post a few weeks ago that I’d been picked as Oxfam’s new fashion blogger, and the first topic I decided to tackle was how to offset buying new clothes by making sure I operate a one in, one out policy.

Sustainability within fashion blogging can often be a bit of a taboo topic, so I hope my post offers a small solution to buying brand new. Read the full article on their site and let me know your thoughts – do you have a way of controlling what goes in your wardrobe?

Have a great evening!


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Yummy strawberries

  • Homeward bound. I went home for a family wedding (and a dentist appointment, eek!) on Friday. It was a whirlwind visit as I came back to Bristol on Saturday, but it included home-grown strawberries, celebrating with family I haven’t seen in years, wearing my vintage dress from Ears & Whiskers and trying to explain to Grandma Ship-Shape what Google is.
  • Style Bubble meets Tatty Divine. Style Bubble is one of those blogs that I keep faithfully in my Bloglovin account and check up on occasionally, but often I find the posts are either irrelevant to me or the fashion/designers out of my comfort zone. Not a bad thing, as it informs and educates, but not always easy reading. That’s why I love Friday’s post about Tatty Devine. I love the brand and the opportunity to see inside their studio – a brilliant post that’s well worth reading if you’re fans of the design duo.
Marcel Fromenti drawing from the V&A archives

Marcel Fromenti drawing from the V&A archives

  • Ballgowns at the V&A. Back in May I visited the V&A as part of my stay in London. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 was one of the museum’s standout exhibitions, and I wrote a lengthy post about it here. It tapped into my princess fantasies and I thoroughly recommend visiting it if you haven’t already done so.
  • Green fingers. My parents took me back to Bristol yesterday and spent the afternoon helping Mr Ship-Shape and I plant herbs, lavender and pepper and chilli plants in our garden. We have a habit of killing whatever planets make it through the front door, but I’m excited to see our garden starting to take shape and can’t wait to get cooking with all our produce!

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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